Producing Artistic Director - Theatreworks, Colorado Springs, CO

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Led by founder Murray Ross, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) established THEATREWORKS as a community outreach program in 1975. THEATREWORKS presented its earliest productions in a converted classroom space, with two to three shows each year. Over the past forty-two years, THEATREWORKS has grown into the premiere professional theatre in the Pikes Peak Region, with a $1.7 million budget, a cumulative annual audience of more than 23,000, and a venerated suite of activities, including seven fully-produced mainstage shows, educational opportunities for youth, and outreach programs for local communities that are not as fully engaged with university theater programs. THEATREWORKS is one of only two Actors’ Equity Association theatres in Colorado Springs and one of only seven in the state.


University of Colorado Colorado Springs is the fastest growing campus in the University of Colorado system. The campus is located on 550 acres in northeast Colorado Springs. From the campus, you have a spectacular view of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, including Pikes Peak, the 14,115-foot mountain that inspired the song "America the Beautiful."

Approximately 12,000 students enrolled in the fall of 2016, with almost 5,000 students participating in programs and instruction offered through online courses. The campus is currently building the Ent Center for the Arts, a $70 million project that will house THEATREWORKS in a new state-of-the-art flexible Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, the UCCS Music Program, Theatre & Dance Program, the 240-seat Chapman Foundations Recital Hall, the 786 seat Shockley-Zalabak Theater and a new campus home for the Galleries of Contemporary Art in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery. Additional learning and rehearsal spaces, a large lobby for public receptions and student engagement spaces are also planned. The Ent Center will open in early 2018. The University’s website can be found here


Colorado Springs, at an elevation of 6,035 feet, is a city in Colorado at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains. It lies near glacier-carved Pikes Peak, a landmark in Pike National Forest, with hiking trails and a cog railway leading to its 14,114 feet summit. Colorado Springs boasts excellent weather with over 300 days of sunshine a year. It is a one hour drive from Denver and four hours from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Colorado Springs is commonly listed in the top 10 most desirable places to live in the US and is in the midst of dynamic growth including in the arts. provides information and links to information on the area.

Colorado Springs has deep roots in the arts, envisioned by city founders as an oasis of culture and refinement amidst the untamed rugged landscape. In the first half of the 20th century, artists from around the country streamed in, establishing the Broadmoor Art Academy (BAA) and rivaling Taos, New Mexico as an art colony in the southwestern United States. Stunning avant-garde performances opened the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 1936, featuring Martha Graham’s barefoot interpretations of esoteric modern dance, Eva Gauthier’s eccentric music, and mobiles designed by Alexander Calder filling the museum galleries and as the set for Erik Satie’s symphonic drama Socrate. This rich history serves as a foundation for the arts and arts supporters in the region to this day.


THEATREWORKS is a professional theatre company that values the intellectual vitality of its university setting and resources. It is preparing to move into a new state-of-the-art theater in January 2018 in the Ent Center for the Arts. This has led to new strategic initiatives, namely increasing artistic capacity, fostering educational collaborations at the University, and creating partnerships with other community partners in order to broaden and deepen the impact and reach underserved audiences. More about THEATREWORKS can be found at its website here:


The Producing Artistic Director is the artistic leader of THEATREWORKS who determines, oversees, and implements its artistic policies and vision. The Producing Artistic Director will develop programming for the season; support the operation and administration of the program to insure proper alignment with goals of UCCS Presents and the University; produce the THEATREWORKS season including selecting and securing creative teams for each production; oversee existing artistic programs; create new artistic and development initiatives; represent the organization to the community; work with the Advisory Board to ensure proper community alignment; assure programs are consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders; and work with the Executive Director of UCCS Presents and the Advisory Board to broaden and diversify sources of income including fundraising.

The Producing Artistic Director will report to the Executive Director of UCCS Presents, and will have the responsibility for programmatic leadership. They must articulate a vision for THEATREWORKS’ future that fully aligns with its mission; motivate staff, Board, and others to move collectively toward that vision; and, of course, build the working culture of the theatre, already strong, in a way that facilitates the best work of the staff. They will work collaboratively with the other artistic leaders that will share the Ent Center and work to create a strong team with the Ent Center staff as well. 

There are certain roles in which the incoming Producing Artistic Director will be a key driver:

• Create seasons of plays that continue a history of excellence and variety while embracing innovation; maintain the theatrical breadth from the classic to the new; and remain very attentive to both the current loyal subscribers and the desired larger audiences, especially including the young and diverse.

• Gather together the finest creative teams possible from Southern Colorado as well as, when needed, from elsewhere.

• Direct up to three productions per year.

• Shepherd the productions, with thorough oversight of artistic excellence, and provide supervision and guidance for the production staff to assure that the shows are being produced within the mutually agreed upon budget parameters.

• Be the most important public face for THEATREWORKS to its communities of supporters.

• Be an active participant in major gift cultivation and solicitation, in concert with the Advisory Board, UCCS Presents Executive Director, and fundraising staff.

• Engage collegially with the Advisory Board to inspire them with the work of the theatre and to support their efforts on THEATREWORKS’ behalf.

• Support philosophically and guide the theatre’s education and community programs and their impact on the citizens of Southern Colorado. 

• Though there are no teaching obligations, the Producing Artistic Director should be an inspiring voice for students at UCCS and should foster relationships with all departments at the university, particularly the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. 


No one person will fully meet all these qualifications. The Search Committee will be assessing to what degree each individual come close to their expectations by evaluating the following factors:

Professional Experience:

• Proven artistic leadership capacity as demonstrated by prior roles in theatre companies; a successful track record as a theatre Artistic Director is preferred, but not required.

• Demonstrated ability to inspire others through articulation of an artistic vision, and the decisions made about art and artists.

• An aesthetic approach that makes clear that he or she can produce work that meets THEATREWORKS’ desire for the traditional classics and contemporary plays all produced at the highest level of artistic excellence.

• A stage director of note and accomplishment.

• Demonstrated belief and commitment to education and community engagement activities. 

• Demonstrated experience developing and managing artistic teams to devise, create and produce productions of quality and distinction.

• Demonstrated ability to manage a budget that utilizes diverse revenue streams of earned and unearned income

• At least five years’ experience in the non-profit operational and artistic development of an arts organization.

Personal Qualities and Values: 

• Recognized and respected in the field of professional theater, and known to be artist-friendly and supportive.

• Drive, tenacity, and fresh thinking.

• A real appetite for growing audiences.

• Demonstrated engagement with diversity.

• A desire for collaboration, feedback, and general engagement with others.

Additional Requirements:

• The Artistic Director of THEATREWORKS is a senior management position. A baccalaureate is required and a master’s degree is preferred, though prior experience in a leadership position in an arts organization could substitute for educational experience.

• Excellent interpersonal skills.

• Excellent written and verbal communications skills.


Although the final hiring decision will be made by UCCS Presents Executive Director, his decision will be informed by recommendations from the Search Committee which will oversee the search. The Committee, comprised of members of the Advisory Board, faculty, and staff, hopes to make recommendations by the fall of 2017 with the successful candidate onsite as soon as possible thereafter. The salary and very attractive benefits package will be competitive with other companies of comparable stature and size. Interested and qualified candidates, and recommendations of such individuals, are encouraged to submit, by email, a cover letter, résumé, four professional references (name, email, phone) and salary history/requirements to the consulting firm retained to conduct the search:

Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc.
Attn: Stephen Richard

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